A Spoonful of Sugar: 1,001 Quotations for the Pharmacist and Pharmaceutical Scientist

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CRC Press, Jan 16, 2007 - Medical - 150 pages
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Find out WHO said WHAT about pharmacists and the work they do

A Spoonful of Sugar is a collection of quotations from sources as diverse as Shakespeare, Pope John Paul II, and Gilbert and Sullivan that comment on the work and profession of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. This enlightening book is divided into 30 chapters by individual topics and grouped by subject matter that includes medicines at the pharmacist’s disposal, the adversaries he faces, his labors, and the scientific basis of modern medicines. The quotes—which are also indexed by author—reference everything from aspirin to coughs to emulsions, providing an enlightening read that doubles as a quick and reliable classroom resource.

Editors Ray Rowe and Joseph Chamberlain draw on their combined experience of nearly 70 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical publishing to present more than 1,000 entries from scientists and health professionals, educators and economists, clerics and poets—even advertising slogans! Their criteria for selection is just as diverse, listing quotes that are thought-provoking, influential, witty, memorable, and even pithy. The editors provide a detailed index of keywords to help you find a half-remembered quote and whenever possible, a brief reference to the source of the quotation is included.

Some examples from A Spoonful of Sugar:
  • “Give me an ounce of civit, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination.”—Shakespeare
  • “A skilful leech is better far than half a hundred men of war.”—Samuel Butler, English satirist
  • “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “A man of very moderate ability may be a good physician, if he devotes himself faithfully to the work.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patients while Nature cures the disease.”—Voltaire
  • “There are two kinds of statistics: the kind you look up and the kind you make up.”—Rex Stout, American writer
  • “When meditating over a disease, I never think of finding a remedy for it, but instead, a means of preventing it.”—Louis Pasteur
  • and many more!
A Spoonful of Sugar is an entertaining and enlightening reference resource for practicing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and for anyone interested in the pharmaceutical fields.
 

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Contents

The Physic of the Field
1
For Medicinal Purposes Only
13
All in the Mind
23
The Alchemist at Work
31
A Good Experiment
39
Coughs and Sneezes
47
Damned Lies and Statistics
55
Desperate Diseases
65
Business As Usual
145
A Catalyst for Change
153
Thinking Machines
159
Decimals Have a Point
167
Doses of Happiness
173
Stick to the Facts
179
Knowledge Is Power
187
A Little Learning
195

Many Medicines Few Cures
73
Fresh Air and Exercise
83
Pills Potions and Lotions
89
Prevention Is Better
95
The Personal Touch
101
The Age of Science?
109
No Theory Is Sacred
117
The Day of the Small Things
127
Amiable Companions
135
Publish and Be Damned
203
The Air That We Breathe 21 1
211
Temples of Medicine
219
A Piller of the Community
227
From the Cradle to the Grave
235
Author Index
245
Subject Index
253
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